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DeLay gets three years in jail plus a 10 year probation… But he is appealing the sentence.

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Tom DeLay, a former United States House of Reps member, was just sentenced to three years in prison this past Monday based on allegedly laundering corporate money during the 2002 election. He was convicted in November on one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy. Previously, in one his interviews, Tom DeLay, who is also known as “The Hammer” said that the judgment was a criminalization of justice as he feels that he is not guilty. However, judge Pat Priest gave his verdict and sentenced him three years in prison on conspiracy charges. The judge sentenced Tom DeLay to five years in prison on money laundering charges but allowed him 10 years probation in exchange of his added prison sentence.
Tom DeLay’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin told a reputed media source that the Congressman would again appeal to the court. His attorney said that Tom DeLay was later released after he paid $10,000 bond.
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Here’s the news of the night! Delay Found Guilty (About Time!)

Now we have something to give thanks for.
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AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay – once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress – was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. 

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives and whose heavy-handed style earned him the nickname “the Hammer,” used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.
The verdict came after a three-week trial in which prosecutors presented more than 30 witnesses and volumes of e-mails and other documents. DeLay’s attorneys presented five witnesses. 

DeLay has chosen to have Senior Judge Pat Priest sentence him. He faces five years to life in prison on the money laundering charge and two to 20 years on the conspiracy charge. He also would be eligible for probation.

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DeLay let off the hook in the Abramoff Investigation…

Some guys get away with really criminal crap…
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DeLay Will Not Face Federal Charges

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will not face federal charges related to his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Politico reported.
The Justice Department notified DeLay’s lead attorney, McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen, about the decision last week, the lawyer said.
“The federal investigation of Tom DeLay is over and there will be no charges,” Cullen told Politico. “This is the so-called Abramoff investigation run by the Public Integrity section of DOJ. There have been a series of convictions and guilty pleas since 2005.”
Cullen said that DeLay “voluntarily produced to the prosecutors over 1,000 emails and documents from the DeLay office dating back to 1997. Several members of Congress objected to producing official government records under Speech or Debate Clause concerns,” Cullen said.
A separate state probe in Texas into an alleged scheme to funnel corporate money in the 2002 campaign remains open, Cullen said.
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